May 15, 2001, 7 p.m. CST
May 15, 2001, 7:01 p.m. CST
and do not care what this is about
May 15, 2001, 7:10 p.m. CST
Which can only be a good thing.
May 15, 2001, 7:13 p.m. CST
Hey Nick. This looks fucking sweet.
May 15, 2001, 7:37 p.m. CST
by jeff bailey
HARRY! You magneficent bastard! Thanks for the pics! Stunning looking! But what do you expect? Fuck QT! You coulda been a God QT! But the Coen bros stepped up to the plate and delivered yet another masterpiece! Two in one year! And guess what kids? Then another one on the way after THAT! God bless 'em! Take a hint QT. See its not that hard? Make a fucking movie once in a while! I hope they are all wrong and you really did make it. But who cares? I'm so pumped for this flick!
May 15, 2001, 7:45 p.m. CST
If there's one thing you wan't in film noir, it's irony, and the Coen's have always had this in spades. I think it's hurt their lesser films, such as Hudsucker, where they were working in a genre that can't stomach much of it. These clips had me laughing my ass off.
May 15, 2001, 7:57 p.m. CST
by Brother Putney
It wouldn't be a Coen Bros. flick if there wasn't a scene that depicted a fat man glowering behind a desk. And look at that! We got a picture of a Fat Man glowering behind a desk. In glorious black and white, no less. I'm psyched. And on the "Forty Lashes" matter, jeff bailey keeps coming up completely correct. i wanted the rumor to be true mostly because nobody ever does cool fucking stunts like that with a big movie; nobody drops a movie out of the sky, particularly not when it's a long awaited effort by a popular director; we know the release date of a movie a year and a half in advance practically; it's the kind of kooky thing you know Tarantino would be getting-off on if the rumor involved a director he dug. But as time passes and cannes' end is in sight, it's looking more nobody ever does cool fucking stunts like that with a big movie.
May 15, 2001, 10:29 p.m. CST
by Critch Starblade
Looks like it'd hold my interest, like the rest of the Coen Brother movies. As to the box office...who knows. O Brother did quite well, but O brother had George Clooney riding the Perfect Storm wave (Literally)! I would say 20-30 Million, depending on release dates of course.
May 15, 2001, 10:35 p.m. CST
May 15, 2001, 11:54 p.m. CST
by Billy Bizar
Looks like another masterpiece from the Coen Bros. Btw, although "The Big Lebowski" and "O Brother..." are not exactly pure filmnoir movies, these are masterpieces nevertheless. They just work on a different level.
May 16, 2001, 1:38 a.m. CST
THe coen bros. are just great. I love them!!!!!!!!
May 16, 2001, 2 a.m. CST
by Charles Grady
THAT is the definitive MAN WHO WASN'T THERE. Get a new titles, Coens, lest you banish the Gutternberg classic to be rented only by accident by people looking for this flick.
May 16, 2001, 4:11 a.m. CST
To the person who put forth that Billy Bob looks like Mitchum in this flick...Try this on: I think he looks like Andy Griffith(sp) in that film (The name escapes me now) where he was a vicious killer. Knowing the Cohen sensability that film may actually be serious source material for "The Man".
May 16, 2001, 5:09 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
Do we have a basic date yet?
May 16, 2001, 5:31 a.m. CST
This is so much fun it's freaky...
May 16, 2001, 5:34 a.m. CST
Hollywood has given us some dumb clunkers of movies recently, but it also gives us the Coens. Cherish them.
May 16, 2001, 5:51 a.m. CST
Doesn't he have it in his contract to be in every Cohen film?
May 16, 2001, 6:26 a.m. CST
If you want a good baptism in all things Coen, start at the beginning and work through to the present. Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, Big Lebowski, and O' Brother. You can rent them all, and I am sure you will like them all as well.
May 16, 2001, 6:29 a.m. CST
O' Brother is not for rent yet. On June 12th it'll be out on video.
May 16, 2001, 6:49 a.m. CST
You speak words of reverence. What you must do is seek out the following... Blood Simple - the Coen's first twisted noirish twisty thriller. And it is great. And has a shot ripped off (homaged?) in the Castlemine (zipper sound) XXXX ad Raising Arizona - the Coen's first twisted comedy that has a cool actor changing his usual acting style to fit the bros. Miller's Crossing - you know how great it is, yes? Barton Fink - the Coen's first stunning twisted award winner and not really about writers block at all. Check the video cover. Heaven and Hell, angel and devil? The Hudsucker Proxy - the Coen's second twisted comedy which for my mind has one of the greatest twists (if it can be called that I suppose) which cunningly gets completely forgotten about until they're ready to pull it out of their vast hat. Fargo - the Coen's second stunning twisted award winner, (I'm taking MAJOR awards here people) yah? The Big Lebowski - the Coen's third stunning twisted comedy with the funniest dream sequence in my living memory. O Brother, Where art Thou? - the Coen's fourth stunning twisted comedy that has a cool actor changing his usual acting style to fit the bros. This is Clooney?!? And they're all stunning. And lets face it, they've gone this far without slipping, are they EVER going to make a merely average film, let alone a bad one?
May 16, 2001, 7:22 a.m. CST
by SEATTLE SLEWW
Hello Everyone. My trip to Cannes, NM, has been less than stellar thus far and, I have to say, Cannes elusive celebrities, mystery film locations and all around general lameness have soured my self-esteem. I suppose, however, major props are in order for the staff at Cannes Memorial Hospital, who managed to save one of my kidneys and have been instrumental in my not being dead. Good job, fellas. All that is of no comfort to me, as I have little desire to get my kidney scrubbed and cleaned when, in reality, I should be shooting up with a healthy dosage of Vitamin-C
May 16, 2001, 10:02 a.m. CST
by L.B. Jefferies
Third in chronological order, of course, after Traffic and Requiem For a Dream. I'd like to thank the Coens (and Soderbergh and Aronofsky) for showing us that American filmmakers don't have to make tripe all the time in order to keep working.
May 16, 2001, 10:13 a.m. CST
The Coens are, by far, the most consistent and inspired directors of our time. They are prolific while still maintaining a high standard. Kudos to the Brothers Coen.
May 16, 2001, 11:17 a.m. CST
When watching the clips I noticed not only flaws in the film (not the filmmaking, the film itself) but evidence of old fashioned cutting. Frames jump, hair and scratches appear, etc. If you are listening (anyone who has actually seen this film), were these flaws intentional (in the version you screened) or was this just a consequence of seeing a rough cut? Personally, it added to the experience for me (if you can call seeing a few minutes of a film an experience). With that said, I am looking forward to this film. It looks SUMTUOUS (spell?) and breathtaking. It has the same sort of impending doom hanging over every frame that American Beauty had but has the Coen's absurdity present as well. I was actually surprised to see another Coen's film this soon. Also love the shot of the Coens at the end of the article. My new wallpaper. Thanks Harry!
May 16, 2001, 4:57 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
What the fuck, Harold?! Don't short-change me! I need more!
May 16, 2001, 10:45 p.m. CST
by Cuppa Joe
I LOVE Coen Brothers movies, and I LOVE Film Noir. This movie looks so fucking good, I can't wait!! When's the nation-wide release date?
May 17, 2001, 7:10 a.m. CST
he's sort of like the "boy who cried wolf" of movie reviews. You really never know whether he's gushing over a great, whorthy film (like this one and every other coen film to date) or a complete and utter piece of shit(armageddon, godzilla, Viva rock Vegas, Blair witch 2, Sugar & Spice etc.)I mean, with this movie I already know it's gonna be great because it's Coen, but if it wasn't directed by them then I really would have no way of knowing. Nowadays I never go see a movie just based on Harry's glowing review for it. I've gotten burnt too often that way. I remember reading Harry's positive review for Bicentinnial Man and then...and then I...I went...I...NOOO! It's all coming back! AAAAAAA!!!!!
May 17, 2001, 9:36 a.m. CST
by Mr. Vegas
...stop treating us like we have no idea what makes a good movie from a bad one. I'm referring to the type of comment as above's "...like I was watching a movie made just for me..." as if no one else here could possibly understand it's genius. I've noticed more and more talk like that lately. We get it too, alright? Just because we're the general-admission public doesn't mean we don't know the biz...
Sept. 16, 2001, 6:31 a.m. CST
Friends, I think we all know Harry to be an altruistic kinda guy, who would not intentionally cause offence; and remember this IS his site, so a little discression and respect is due, in spite of his frailties. Anyway, this film will be hard pushed to better Miller's Crossing for both film noir/ general cinematic quality.